As a professional Artist for almost 20 years specializing in creativity, Eddie Myers brings experience from multiple industries. Having a traditional illustration background helps to conceptualize many things such as Character Design, Merchandise Design, Theme Park Design, Books, and Video Games.
A blog by Heather Dakota
At 18 years old, Eddie found himself in art school and one of the few students to have a job in art. He stripped rubylith for T-shirt designs done by other artists, but his foot was in the door. He worked next to a “state of the art” computer room filled with Apple IIi’s. The work stations cost $10-15,000 each, but being a computer artist was what Eddie wanted to do. He says “It took me a week to figure out how to draw a triangle and a circle on my old TRS80, which required lines and lines of programming. Now you can paint it with a stroke of the mouse. Within a year, he made it into a computer artist’s group of about 30 people. That’s when he discovered the Wacom tablet. Computers at the time didn’t have the ability to draw naturally. He plugged it in and never looked back.
Fast forward 15 years and Eddie is a sought after computer graphic artist. He’s worked for Universal Studios, Scholastic Inc., and Electronic Arts. He’s been an independent graphic artist for almost 6 years with Lionoptic, Inc. He’s worked on everything from major advertising, kids’ books, posters, and 2D and 3D video games. He’s had a lot of successes and a few failures, too (who hasn’t?). One of his latest toys is a Wacom tablet with a pressure sensitive screen. He can paint on screen now! Also, he has begun Giclee (pronounced ZHEE-clay) printing on canvas. Now he can print out his computer graphic masterpieces (in RGB, Red, Green & Blue) as museum quality prints. (Having seen them in person, they are gorgeous! The color is phenomenal!)
Many people believe the computer does the work for you, but nothing is farther from the truth. Others are amazed at how he can achieve a buttery quality to his artwork (including me!). Computer graphics is his medium of choice and he doesn’t apologize for it. “I feel this will be the new renaissance, but with a digital medium.”